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Cincinnati Bengals Refuse to Change Blackout Policy

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The Cincinnati Bengals have reportedly decided not to take advantage of the league’s new blackout rule that would allow them to lower the blackout threshold to as much as 85% of capacity.

“What we want are sold-out houses. We want to see the stadium full,” Bengals president Mike Brown said at Tuesday’s training camp media luncheon at Paul Brown Stadium. ”If you think back when they passed the sales to finance the stadiums (in 1996), they did it so people could come down to the stadiums and watch games. They didn’t do it so people could stay at home and watch games on television. They could have done that without a new stadium. When I look around the league, most are staying with the old rule.”

Actually, Mr. Brown, they did it so you wouldn’t take the team and leave, as you threatened to do unless the public agreed to build a new stadium for the Bengals.

Consider this, from the June 25, 1995 edition of the Washington Post:

Bengals President Mike Brown said he’s giving Cincinnati and Hamilton County officials until Thursday to finalize an agreement for a new stadium. If an agreement can’t be signed by then, Brown said he’ll terminate discussions with local officials and begin negotiating with a group trying to lure an NFL team to Baltimore.

Moreover, perhaps if you lowered ticket prices, more people would attend games. They’ve already paid through the teeth after agreeing to one of the worst stadium deals in history.

Finally, since you seem to believe that blackouts will drive people to the stadium, please understand that “BLACKOUTS HAVE NO SIGNIFICANT EFFECT ON TICKET SALES IN THE NFL.”

Have you no heart?

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